Donna Darling Collection – Part 92

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection for this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday.

Donna Darling Clipping

The clipping shows the venue but not the date or the location.

Key Features of Ad:

  1. The Venue: The Majestic Theater.
  2. The show is the “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark,” so we know it is 1926 or 1927.
  3. The movie playing is “Camille of the Barbary Coast.”
  4. Coming soon is “Orpheum Syncopation;” it starts Sunday.


Clipping from The Gazette (Cedar Rapids. Iowa) – January 7, 1927, Page 6.
  1. Although there are many Majestic Theaters, there were only a handful of theaters under the “Direction of Alexander Frank.”
        • The Isis in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
        • The Orpheum in Des Moines, Iowa.[i]
        • The Plaza in Waterloo, Iowa.
        • The Majestic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Thanks to Newspapers.Com, a search for “Majestic and Donna” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1926 or 1927 quickly yielded a display ad with all of the same information shown in Donna’s clipping.

Thanks to the January 1927 issues of Variety, I had already known Donna played:

  • Dec 9-11, 1926 – Clinton, IA – Orpheum
  • Jan 2-5, 1927 – Des Moine, IA – Orpheum
  • Jan 6-8, 1927 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Majestic
  • Jan 13-15, 1927 – Davenport, IA – Capitol
  • Jan 16-19, 1927 – Clinton, IA – Orpheum
  • Jan 24-26 – Kitchener, Ont. – Capitol
  • Jan 27-29 – Brantford, Ont. – Temple

So, this ad confirms the show.


January 6-8, 1927 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Majestic Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark – DDC-92.


[i] See Donna Darling Collection – Part 68

Donna in the News – Seven New Venues

Chin Chin
In the News
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.

This week I researched “Chin Chin,” the show Donna joined in October 1919, while it was already on tour. Thanks to, I was able to learn of seven new appearances of “Chin Chin.”

Date in 1919 Theatre Location
Nov 1 Chatterton Opera House Bloomington, IL
Nov 3 Plumb Theatre Streator, IL
Nov 4 Dixon Opera House Dixon, IL
Nov 5 Greene’s Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 6 Berchel Des Moines, IA
Nov 21 Sterling Theater or
Rex Theatre[i]
Greeley, CO
Dec 9 Arcade Theatre La Grande, OR

The Greeley showing was an exciting find because the theater wasn’t identified. On November 27, 1919, the Windsor Beacon (Windsor, CO) reported:

The Windsor Beacon, Windsor, CO – Nov 27, 1919


“Chin Chin” was the attraction which took many Windsor people to Greeley last Friday night. Among those known to have attended were:

Dr. and Mrs. T. B. Gormly…

(Note: Windsor is about ten miles northwest of Greeley.)


The 1921 Julius Cahn-Gus Hill Theatrical Guide reports Both the “Republican” and the “Tribune” as newspapers that serviced Greeley. I’ll need to find sources for those newspapers when I write more about “Chin Chin” playing in Greeley.

Because of those newly available online articles, I was able to add another seven venues for Donna’s “Chin Chin” tour.

New information added to her career list:

    • Nov 1, 1919 – Bloomington, IL – Chatterton Opera House
    • Nov 3, 1919 – Streator, IL – Plumb
    • Nov 4, 1919 – Dixon, IL – Dixon Opera House
    • Nov 5, 1919 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Greene’s
    • Nov 6, 1919 – Des Moines, IA – Berchel
    • Nov 21, 1919 – Greeley, Colorado – (Sterling or Rex Theatre)
    • Dec 9, 1010 – Arcade Theatre – La Grande, Oregon

– – – Disclaimer – – –


[i] Vaudeville Trails Thru the West “By one who knows” – Herbert Lloyd, page 98, reports only one theatre in Greeley, Colorado, the Sterling Theatre. It indicates the Sterling operated on Thursday for a 3PM matinee and an 8:15 PM night show. This could have been a special Friday night show. Alternately, the 1921 Julius Cahn-Gus Hill Theatrical Guide for 1921 indicates that a second theater, the Rex Theatre, J. Lynch, Mgr. had a seating capacity of 800 and also played Traveling Companies.